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Doctor insights on: Positive Ana And Influenza Vaccination

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia Dr. Sia
Pediatrics
27 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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My baby boy is 6+ month now (is that influenza vaccination good for him at this age so that I can protect him from flu and complication....Is it safe)?

My baby boy is 6+ month now (is that influenza vaccination good for him at this age so that I can protect him from flu and complication....Is it safe)?

It's good!: The flu can make some people much sicker than others. It can lead to pneumonia, ; make existing medical conditions worse. It can cause diarrhea ; seizures in infants/children. Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, ; many more are hospitalized. The flu vaccine is the best protection we have-esp against its complications. It helps prevent spread to/from others. It's safe.

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Which vaccination will help me not catch an influenza, cold, or flu?

Which vaccination will help me not catch an influenza, cold, or flu?

FLU shot: The flu shot will help to prevent you from getting influenza/flu but will not protect from colds.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can cervarix and influenza vaccinations be taken on the same day?

Can cervarix and influenza vaccinations be taken on the same day?

Yes: They can be given the same day. They stimulate the immune system separately and do not interfere with one another.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Nestor Del rosario Dr. Del rosario
Addiction Medicine
30 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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Please explain how healthy vaccinated people can still die from influenza?

Please explain how healthy vaccinated people can still die from influenza?

Perfection: All drugs and vaccines are studied for their efficacy by working in majority of people, not in 100% of people, and not perfect. For example, flu vaccine works in 85% of people to protect them from flu, or if they still contract flu, it makes the symptoms milder. It also only works for the flu being vaccinated for and for a few months of that year. So, there is no perfect vaccine or med for all.

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Dr. Sarah Kohl Dr. Kohl
Travel Medicine
31 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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How common is gbs, and how common is it among people who have been vaccinated against seasonal influenza?

How common is gbs, and how common is it among people who have been vaccinated against seasonal influenza?

Rare: In the USA Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) occurs in about 1 to 2 per 100, 000 regardless of immunization status. GBS can be triggered by viral & bacterial infections. Modern influenza vaccine is thought to increase the incidence of GBS by 1 in a million, or less. Remember that between 3, 000 to 49, 000 people die each year from influenza. The risk is much less for vaccine than influenza disease.

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson Dr. Hickerson
Family Medicine
28 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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If I get vaccinated against influenza. Does my baby get any immunity from my vaccine, being breast-fed?

If I get vaccinated against influenza. Does my baby get any immunity from my vaccine, being breast-fed?

Passive immunity: Yes, you can pass antibodies to baby through colostrum in breast milk, but these will not confer long lasting immunity.

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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar Dr. Ghaffar
Pediatrics
26 years in practice
University of Karachi, Dow Medical College
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Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Influenza vaccine: Influenza virus changes each year therefore every year new vaccines are made to cover the most likely circulating strains of the virus.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Positive ANA 1:80 speckeled, p.O.T.S syndrome, fat malabsorption, would this link to scelerderma, I cannot think of any other issue, :- (that connects?

Positive ANA 1:80 speckeled, p.O.T.S syndrome, fat malabsorption, would this link to scelerderma, I cannot think of any other issue, :- (that connects?

I doubt it: In the absence of raynaud's / skin changes prior to malabsorption, i'd be surprised if this was scleroderma. ANA especially at low-titer 1:80 very likely means nothing. Other causes of malabsorption are fairly common & can be worked up. Mild orthostatic tachycardia is probably more common than we think. I appreciate your research but i'd keep looking for answers & staying optimistic.

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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What can I expect to come next? I've a positive p-anca positive c-anca and positive ana! What does this really mean?

Talk to rheum: You need to consult a rheumatologist. Even though the positive tests point to the presence of vasculitis, by themselves they have no meaning.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I had a positive ANA test and positive smith antibodies. Will they find ra?

I had a positive ANA test and positive smith antibodies. Will they find ra?

Lupus: A high-titer ANA and a positive anti-sm (smith) usually means systemic lupus rather than rheumatoid arthritis. This is much more manageable today than in the past. No lab means much in isolation, and your physician ordered these labs because he/she suspected lupus. If the diagnosis is established, you'll probably want to join a community group for people with sle. Good luck.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I have a positive ANA and positive rnp. Does this inicate connective tissue disease?

Suggestive: Rheumatology has more tests yet depends less on them than perhaps any other specialty with challenging diagnoses. The titer of your ana, and more importantly your symptoms, will help your rheumatologist determine whether you actually have lupus or mixed-connective tissue disease, or one of the others, or are just someone who makes the antibodies and is healthy. Good luck.

Dr. Mary Efremov Dr. Efremov
Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
Free University of Berlin Faculty of Medicine
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I have a positive ANA and positive rnp. Does this inicate connective tissue disease?

Can't tell: These blood tests are just tests, and specific diagnoses have complex criteria. Your doctor can explain more fully. Positive ANA can be related to medication and is found is many conditions.

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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I had some blood work done and came back with positive Ana. Does that mean I have lupus?

No: Lupus has certain criteria that you have to meet for diagnosis, a positive ANA screen has to be interpreted carefully, and the degree as well, many have mild positive results and are normal, disease free. Other tests would have to be performed if there is a strong suspicion of the disease, ask your doctor about, best wishes

Ana (Definition)

An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a screening test and a positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted. No blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more